Senator to Host Telephone Townhall
I will be hosting a telephone townhall tomorrow, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Joining me will be Dr. Charles B. Cairns, Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine and Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson. We will be discussing the COVID-19 coronavirus, and how the city, state and medical community are coping with the worldwide pandemic.
To listen in or ask questions visit senatoranthonyhwilliams.com/telephone-townhall or text SENAHWILLIAMS to 833-898-5483.
Those Applying for Unemployment in PA to Receive Extra $600 Per Week
Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week to those applying for unemployment, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks.
The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.
Gov. Wolf previously signed a law to make applying for unemployment compensation easier, waived the one-week waiting period to file, and waived the job search and work registration requirements.
To apply for Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania visit uc.pa.gov.
PA Supreme Court Says No Evictions Until May 1st
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered that there can be no eviction filings, no eviction hearings and no lockouts of tenant anywhere in Pennsylvania now through May 1, 2020. You can view a copy of the Supreme Court Order here and additional information about Philadelphia Court closures can be found here.
The federal CARES Act includes an eviction moratorium, and stops some landlords from charging late fees, sending eviction notices or filing eviction cases for non-payment of rent until July 25, 2020.
If a landlord changes your locks, bars your door, cuts off your utilities, removes your possessions, or otherwise forces you out of your home, that is an illegal eviction.
If you are having issues with a landlord, you can access assistance through Community Legal Services at clsphila.org.
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